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Air Conditioning Maintenance: Dos and Don’ts

Posted on March 31st, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

If you dread receiving your electricity bill every month, it may be time to think about what you can do to better care for your heating and cooling system. As we head into spring and summer, it’s likely that you’re only going to turn on the AC more and more often. Let’s go over the dos and don’ts of air conditioning maintenance.

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DO keep your AC unit clean. A dirty air conditioner is an inefficient air conditioner. Don’t make your system work harder than it has to by letting dirt accumulate. Wipe dirt and debris off coils and drains.

DO change the filters. This is another maintenance tip you can handle on your own. Replace filters at least every three months for peak performance.

DO have your system tuned up. Your AC requires the attention of a professional for regular tune-ups. Make sure to schedule two every year!

There are certain things you shouldn’t do when it comes to caring for your AC system, too.

DON’T power your unit with an extension cord. A longer cord drops the voltage, making your system work harder to cool your home.

DON’T overcrowd vents. Keeping plants, books and electronics, etc. around your air conditioner vents disrupts the flow of air. Make sure it has a clear path.

DON’T mount window units with wood or bricks. For a more secure setup, invest in a proper mounting system for window air conditioners.

If you ever run into an air conditioning problem that you’re not comfortable tackling on your own, reach out to Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations in the same day!

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